Become a Foster Caretaker!
How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption
What's New on the GSRSV Website?
Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other
Area Rescue Groups and Individuals
Dogs Available for Adoption at
Northern California Animal Shelters
Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement
How to Place a Dog through GSRSV
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?
Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites &
GSRSV's 2013 Rescue
GSRSV's 2012 Rescue
GSRSV's 2011 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue
GSRSV's 2008 Rescue
GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt
(501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for German Shepherds and German
Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer keep them or which are
confined in animal shelters. Established in 2001, GSRSV is a one-person
operation. I am presently focused on placing dogs whose
caregivers can no longer keep them. A "full house" of dogs at my
rescue facility, and lack of foster caretakers limits my ability to rescue
from shelters. If you're interested in becoming a foster
caretaker, please contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are looking for a wider selection of
purebred German Shepherds, please visit the Websites of German
Shepherd Rescue of Northern California, Greater
California German Shepherd Rescue, Golden
State German Shepherd Rescue, and Bay
Area German Shepherd Rescue.
How to find a dog to adopt from this Website:
- Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with
"Dogs Available for Adoption through
- If you're interested in adopting a dog available through
GSRSV, read the page
"How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV." That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption questionnaire and adoption contract. Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after the next
- If you're interested in adopting a GSRSV dog, contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
email@example.com to learn more about the dog. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.
- If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.
Huge Thank You to Maddie's Fund for Awarding GSRSV a $5,000 Grant!
Fund is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie's Fund is
helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions
to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community
through the combined efforts of Maddie's Grant Giving, Maddie's Center
(hands-on animal care), and Maddie's Institute (research and education).
Fund is named after the family's beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed
away in 1997. The
Maddie's Fund mission is to revolutionize the status and well-being of
Fund's grant to GSRSV will go a long way towards keeping GSRSV up and
running--and maybe pay for a few much-needed repairs around the rescue
Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley is officially tax-exempt (finally)!
operating for over 12 years as a "business" (a very unprofitable one
at that), GSRSV received official designation as a charitable organization
from the IRS on March 23, 2013, retroactive to February 14, 2012. Now, all
donations to GSRSV are officially tax-deductible! If
you'd like to make a donation, go to "Please
Make a Donation", below.
is a tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax
deductible to the full extent of the law.
February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on his own. Donations have
played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping GSRSV afloat,
as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared with the costs of
running a large rescue program. (See
the actual numbers for 2007-2011 here.)
consider making a cash donation to GSRSV today,
either by clicking on the PayPal button below,
by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to:
GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.
size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!
Thank You to Spencer & Michelle Millar for Saving Shelter Dogs
by Fostering--and Letting Go
adults with children choose not to foster a dog because they feel it
will be too hard on their kids when the time comes to let the dog go
to its permanent home. That's an understandable concern. However,
fostering teaches many valuable lessons in character that are hard
to come by any other way.
12-yr old Spencer Millar, pictured at left with Jake, a shelter dog
that he and his family fostered for just over two months. Spencer
has demonstrated amazing maturity and unselfishness by his
willingness to let Jake and the other dog that he and his family
fostered for GSRSV go to permanent homes--even though he was given
the option of keeping them. (If you think it was easy for Spencer to
let go of Jake because Jake didn't mean much to him, one look at the
picture to the left will tell you otherwise.)
Millars absolutely loved
Jake, and couldn't say enough good things about him. But they
already have two permanent dogs, and three dogs is their limit. If
they were to keep any of the dogs that they foster, they know they
wouldn't be able to foster any more dogs. The Millars also loved
Emmett, the dog they fostered prior to fostering Jake. If they were
to have kept Emmett, GSRSV would not have rescued Jake from the
Merced County Shelter, and Jake would likely have been
Millars realize that there are plenty more Jakes out there in
California shelters. Michelle, Spencer's mom, also recognizes how
fostering dogs is teaching Spencer and her younger son Parker that,
in order to save dogs one at a time, they need the fortitude to let
go of the ones that they foster and love.
you join the Millars in their unselfish commitment to foster a dog
at risk? Please contact Brian at 916-655-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
ABOUT FOSTERING DOGS
dog a sacrifice? NO!
It is a pleasure!
rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful
German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater
than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting
him or her go to a new home.
you, the German Shepherd-loving populace, will not extend a helping
hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and
facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?
consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save
a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker.
You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV),
Please Consider Adopting One from a Shelter!
there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group,
those dogs are safe. Those in shelters are at high risk of
euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn
about the number of beautiful German Shepherds that are
euthanized every week in Northern California shelters.
a Website that lists dogs (and other animals) in shelters
nationwide, has a great feature that makes searching for
particular types of dogs in shelters of your choosing MUCH EASIER!
The feature provides free, daily e-mail notices (with pictures) of
any dog(s) that meet your criteria at the shelters that you've
specified. The feature is free, lasts for 30 days, and is instantly
click here for directions on how to subscribe to Petharbor.com's
shelter animal search feature.
the page "Dogs Available for Adoption
at Sacramento Valley Animal Shelters." Though it no longer
lists any dogs in Northern California shelters (don't have the
time), it does
provide the contact information for many of the shelters.
Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters
Take a look at the "slide
link here, and you'll see
what happens to many perfectly adoptable dogs--including
German Shepherds--at shelters. Caution!
This slide show illustrates a tragic real-life event at a shelter in
Atlanta, GA--the same event that takes place everyday in
Sacramento-area shelters. The slide show will
likely make you very sad--which it should. Please
forward the link to anyone you know who might not understand the
everyday tragedy at animal shelters nationwide.
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from
GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at email@example.com.
Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!
that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's
too set in its ways?" Think
Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers.
Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of
a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable
with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older
dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project
Website, and their"Top
Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog."
of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV
Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's
assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in
has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone
enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should
consider older dogs."
you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about
"bloat!" Please read the info below.
dilation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an
all-too- frequent, fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically,
gastric dilation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach
fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen
becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the
bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach
literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood
supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually
has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated
sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and
how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms.
on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I
recommend printing the article and placing it where you can
immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing
bloat. Click on this link for a
printable MS Word version of the article.
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reasonably priced nutritional supplements for dogs, horses and humans. I have regularly
given a few of Springtime's supplements to the GSRSV dogs for years, and
enthusiastically endorse these products--particularly "Joint
Health"--a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and "Bug-Off
Garlic"--a natural flea preventative that REALLY WORKS! Please visit Springtime's
Website, and if you place an order with them as a result of this referral,
please mention that you learned of their company through GSRSV. I do not receive any
commisions--I just want the people at
Springtime to know that I'm sharing the word on their products, as they do
give me a discount on the products that I order.
Questions regarding German Shepherd
Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian
916-655-3125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write
PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA 95668
Thanks also to
for hosting respective GSRSV homepages with a list of our dogs on their
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modified: Monday November 25, 2013